Board to quiz three for position

The St. Martin Parish School Board will interview its three candidates for superintendent of schools during a special meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 19.

The interviews will be held in executive session, which is the same way the board conducted its interview of Superintendent Richard Lavergne, said James Blanchard, board president.

Blanchard said the board will vote on Lavergne’s replacement at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 9.

Lavergne has led the district since April 2007 and doesn’t plan to retire until June 30. However, it’s the board’s practice to hire a replacement in advance so the selection has an opportunity to train under the outgoing leader.

Two of the three administrators who applied for the position work for the St. Martin Parish School System.

Daniel Rawls has been principal at Stephensville Elementary School since 2010, and Lottie Beebe has served as the school district’s human resources director since 2003.

Charles Michel is the supervisor of special education in Lafourche Parish.

Of the three candidates, Rawls is the only one with prior experience as a superintendent. He has held the top position in DeSoto, Vermilion and Pointe Coupee parishes.

Beebe is the current District 3 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member. She has said that if hired for the superintendent position, she would continue to represent the district on the state board.

Michel has applied for various superintendent positions across the state and was most recently considered for the post in Livingston Parish.